Screenshot a Portion of the Screen in Windows 10 [Winkey+Shift+S]

Starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, OneNote’s popular screenshot feature has been made an Operating System feature — you can capture a specific region of your screen to the clipboard using the Win + Shift + S shortcut key.

Screenshot a Portion of the Screen

Press Winkey + Shift + S. The screen will be covered with an overlay and mouse cursor turns into a plus (+) symbol, which indicate that the capture mode is on.

screenshot specific portion of screen

Since Windows 10 v1809, you’ll see the following bar at the top. From there, choose one of the snipping modes: Rectangular snip, Freeform snip, or Fullscreen snip.

complete guide to taking screenshots

If you choose Rectangular or Freeform snip, select a region on the screen. This copies the particular portion to the clipboard.

Open Paint or any other image editor of your choice and paste (Ctrl +  V) the image from the clipboard.

screenshot specific portion of screen

Note that this feature replaces the one in OneNote 2016.

Winkey + Shift + S is powered by Snip & Sketch in v1809 & higher

In Windows 10 v1809 and higher, the Winkey + Shift + S is powered by the new Snip & Sketch feature. You’re shown the 3 snipping options when you use the keystroke. Snip & Sketch is the new tool which will replace the legacy Snipping Tool in future Windows 10 builds.

Winkey + Shift + S uses the Snipping Tool in Creators Update

In Windows 10 Creators Update, the  Winkey + Shift + S runs the Snipping Tool (in non-interactive mode) under the hood, using a new command-line switch. The following is what’s executed behind the scenes when you use the Winkey + Shift + S keystroke in the Creators Update.

snippingtool.exe /clip

As said earlier, this has changed in v1809 where the keystroke is powered by Snip & Sketch. For more information, see Using the built-in Snip & Sketch app in the article A Complete Guide to Taking Screenshots in Windows 10

Launch Screen snip by pressing PrintScreen

If you think the three keys combo Winkey + Shift + S is tough to operate, you can choose to have your PrtScn key open the new snipping bar, instead of Winkey + Shift + S. To do so:

  • Click Start → Settings → Ease of Access → Keyboard → Use the PrtScn button to open screen snippingcomplete guide to taking screenshots

If the above setting is enabled, your third-party screen capture tool, if installed any, may complain that it’s unable to register hotkey – PrintScreen. That’s normal, as only one application can register the hotkey at a time.

More information

To take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to a PNG file in your Pictures\Screenshots folder, you usually use the WinKey + PrntScrn keys. Unfortunately, there is no way to auto-save a selected screen area to a file without using a third-party screen capture tool. Snipping Tool can be a handy tool to capture a screen region, but it doesn’t automatically save the capture to a file.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

7 thoughts on “Screenshot a Portion of the Screen in Windows 10 [Winkey+Shift+S]”

  1. Where are the Screen Shots stored? Since my upgrade, I can not find any of my screenshots (which used to be in OneNote).

  2. I see now that I’ve LOST all of the screenshots that used to automatically be stored in OneNote. Is there a way to bring this feature back? I liked the fact that I could take screen shots and they would *automatically* be stored in OneNote. Is there a SIMPLE workaround? (The simplest solution is to return it to OneNote. The solution above is inconvenient.)

  3. Appreciate the tip! I take it there’s no way to have it automatically save to a file like you can on macOS using Command – Shift – 4?

  4. I guess its progress for windows ui but its a big step back for onenote users, now I need 3 extra clicks and keyboard input just to store a screenshot, way to go microsoft 🙁

  5. It is clear that Microsoft didn’t talk to Onenote users before they made this change. It breaks the entire way I use it.

  6. Hilariously doesn’t work right. Snip, select size, disappears, no screenshot saved in the screenshots folder, don’t even have a screenshots folder.

    • @Draylynn: The screenshot is copied to the clipboard (only) when you use Win + Shift + S and select the screen region.

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